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Writing Scientific Research Articles Strategy and Steps

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ISBN-10: 1405186194

ISBN-13: 9781405186193

Edition: 2009

Authors: Margaret Cargill, Patrick O'Connor

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Book details

List price: $39.95
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Limited
Publication date: 3/27/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 184
Size: 8.75" wide x 11.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.100
Language: English

Preface
A Framework for success
How the book is organised, and why
Getting started with writing for international publication
Publishing in the international literature
Aims of this book
How the book is structured
Research article structures
Conventional article structure: AIMRaD and its variations
Referees' criteria for evaluating manuscripts
When and how to write each article section
Results as 'story': the key driver of an article
Results: turning data into knowledge
Figure, table or text?
Designing figures
Designing tables
Figure legends and table titles
Writing about Results
Functions of Results sentences
Verb tense in Results sections
Methods sections
Purpose of the Methods section
Organising Methods sections
Use of passive and active verbs
Introductions
Five 'stages' to a compelling Introduction
Stage 1: Locating your project within an existing field of scientific research
Using references in Stages 2 and
Avoiding plagiarism when using others' work
Indicating the 'gap' or 'research niche'
Stage 4: The statement of purpose or main activity
Suggested process for drafting an Introduction
Editing for logical flow
Discussion sections
Information elements to highlight the key messages
Negotiating the strength of claims
Titles
Abstracts
Getting your manuscript published
Evaluating journals
Considerations when selecting a target journal
Submitting a manuscript
How to respond to editors and referees
Rules of thumb for responding to editors and referees
How to deal with manuscript rejection
How to deal with 'conditional acceptance' or 'revise and resubmit'
A Process for preparing a manuscript
Initial preparation steps
Editing procedures
A pre-review checklist
Further developing your publication skills
Skill development strategies for groups and individuals
Journal clubs
Writing groups
Matching feedback strategies to different purposes
Training for responding to reviewers
Developing discipline-specific English skills
Introduction
What kind of English errors matter most?
Strategic (and acceptable!) language re-use: Sentence templates
More about Noun Phrases
Concordancing: a tool for developing your discipline specific English
Using the English articles (a/an, the) appropriately in science writing
Using 'which' and 'that'
Answer pages
References
Provided example articles
Kaiser, B.N., Moreau, S., Castelli, J., Thomson, R., Lambert, A., Bogliolo, S., Puppo, A., & Day, D.A. (2003)
The soybean NRAMP homologue, GmDMT1, is a symbiotic divalent metal transporter capable of ferrous iron transport
The Plant Journal, 35, 295-304
Britton-Simmons, K.H. & Abbott, K.C. (2008)
Short- and long-term effects of disturbance and propagule pressure on a biological i